People have to fight fear, make efforts for prosperous state: CM

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today said people of the valley have to fight the life of fear and the situation held “hostage by some forces”, and make efforts for establishing a prosperous state.
She was speaking to reporters after paying floral tributes to the martyrs of 1931 at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in downtown locality of the summer capital.
“We have to fight this life of fear, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, which has been held hostage by some people. We have to make efforts towards establishing a prosperous state for which these martyrs gave their lives,” Mehbooba said.
She said the people of the state should remember the sacrifices of the martyrs who gave up their lives for establishing a democracy and a prosperous state where Kashmiriyat is the basic principle.
The chief minister said the way people of the valley stood together in condemning the attack on Amarnath pilgrims gave a message to entire world that Kashmiriyat was alive.
“The way people with different viewpoints stood together and condemned the attack gave a message once again to the world that Kashmir’s Kashmiriyat is alive and people will not tolerate anything which is against Kashmiriyat,” she said.
However, no one from the BJP, the coalition partner in the state Government, was present there.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti earlier led the people of the State in remembering the Martyrs of 1931.
She reached Mazar- e-Shohada at Hazrat Naqshband Sahib at Khawaja Bazar and paid floral wreaths on the mausoleum of the martyrs of 1931 who laid down their lives against autocracy and suppression.
These sacrifices led to the dawn of freedom in the State which saw the evolution of a democratic and egalitarian system.
Several Ministers; legislators; Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Director General of Police, Dr S P Vaid; senior officers; representatives of political and social organisations and people in large numbers joined the Chief Minister in paying homage to the Martyrs. A joint fateaha was also offered on the occasion.
A contingent of J&K Police posted the bugle and presented the ceremonial guard of honour to the martyrs.
The Chief Minister visited the shrine and paid her obeisance. She also prayed for peace, prosperity and development in the State.